The Main Central or Source of Life is the energy flow from the universe that created and sustains us, setting our other energy flows in motion and becoming a strong regular force for our bodies when it is allowed to flow freely down the front and up the back.
By following simple directions, we can strengthen this flow in ourselves, bringing about an increased state of well-being.
The flow is good in the morning as a wake-up, especially if immediately jumping out of bed is not appealing. It can be done while lying down and will energize you. If done at night, it is known to help one fall asleep.
Since the main central is an essential energy flow, it can be done at any time, even if one is feeling under the weather.
This flow can be done sitting, standing, or lying down. In each position, the hands will feel pulses. The ideal is to have the two pulses in synch before moving to the next position.
At first, this may take longer, depending on one’s sensitivity and physical condition. But after a while, if the flow is done daily, two minutes or less on each hold may be enough.
The first position is with the right-hand fingers touching the top of the head lightly, without pressing, and with the fingers of the left hand on the middle of the forehead. This hold is good for the memory.
In all the positions, the right hand remains on top of the head until the last hold.
In the second position, the left-hand fingers cover the tip of the nose. This revitalizes the reproductive system.
The third position has the left-hand fingers on the manubrium (the upper part of the breastbone) at the base of the throat revitalizing the thyroid and strengthening our defense against environmental allergies.
The fourth position is between the breasts. This hold helps the lung and hip energy.
The fifth position is at the base of the sternum, strengthening the Main Central itself in both ascending and descending parts of the flow.
In the sixth position, the left hand fingers rest on the pubic bone, energizing the descending Source of Life flow and strengthening the spine.
In the last position, the left hand stays on the pubic bone, and the right hand fingers go to the tailbone or coccyx. This hold energizes the ascending Source of Life energy.
The Main Central flow is a self-help flow from Jin Shin Jyutsu (JSJ), Creators Art for the Knowing Compassionate Man, a complete system of medicine resurrected in Japan from ancient Japanese texts by Jiru Murai in the early 1900s.
After World War II, Mary Burmeister went to Japan, studied 12 years with Murai, and brought JSJ to the United States.
Although this system somewhat resembles acupuncture, especially with regard to the wrist pulses and organ flows, fingers are used instead of needles. No herbs are used, and there are only 26 points, each of which has a psychological meaning.
Louise McCoy is a certified Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help instructor.